Cub Scouts love to make things with their hands, so get them started with these simple wood projects. Don’t expect perfection, especially from the younger boys, but use this as an opportunity to introduce basic skills and build confidence. Allow each boy to express his own creativity and individuality whenever possible. Provide different options, particularly when it comes time to paint and decorate. All a boy needs is a little guidance and he’ll have a project (and memories) that will last a lifetime.
To the Races
The classic wood project for Cub Scouts of all ages are Pinewood Derby cars. Start with the official Boy Scouts of America kit and teach boys how to shape the cars by using different tools. Show him pictures of different designs to give him ideas. Let him make all final decisions and do as much of the work as possible. Teach skills but remember the cars belongs to the boy, not the leader. It’s more important for a boy to create his own car than for the finished product to be perfect. Be sure to try out the other BSA kits for Space Derbies and Raingutter Regattas.
This can be a quick and versatile project for Cub Scouts. Dens can work on one large frame together and use it to frame a den advancement chart to be displayed at pack meetings. Boys can also make individual frames to take home or to give to mothers as an appreciation gift. Use a miter box to cut the four sides at 45-degree angles. Glue framing together and reinforce with staples on the back. Frames can be painted, stained or left natural if you have interesting wood to use.
This wood projects compliments some of the activities or requirements involving container growing. Scouts can plant flowers and herbs in the finished product. Cut two 2-by-4-inch pieces of wood 18 inches long. Cut two other pieces 6 inches long. These form the sides of the box. Attach, using screws or nails, to a wooden base that fits the outside measurements of the sides. Sand the edges and paint or stain the wood. Add sealant to protect from the elements.
This unusual project is sure to be a hit with the boys. Use 10-foot long, 2-by-2-inch pieces of wood. Round the edges or find wood with the edges rounded already. Make triangular foot rests from 2-by-6-inch boards. Drill holes in the stilts and foot rests (be sure to teach proper safety and to supervise closely). Sand all rough edges. Bolt foot rests to the stilts.
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